Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre Trio on NHARA State Team

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hanover — Three members of the Ford Sayre Ski Council’s youth downhill program have been named to the New Hampshire Amateur Racing Association’s state team for the coming winter season.

Alex Purcell was chosen to be a part of the state team for the second year in a row. Two FSSC teammates, Ethan Ross and Eva Schiffman, both earned NHARA developmental team honors.

The NHARA has named state teams since 1973 to recognize the Granite State’s top downhill competitors while also encouraging team members’ participation in NHARA races. Senior state team members receive free entry into NHARA events and, with the help of Ski New Hampshire, free skiing at most of the state’s ski areas. The developmental team honors the top U16 skiers in the state and gives them reduced entry fees into the NHARA race schedule.

On the Mat, Etc.

NLG Earns Eight WinsAt Harvest Classic

Wilder — Members of the Northern Lights Gymnastics team earned eight wins in all-around competition at the club’s Harvest Classic meet on Nov. 18-19 in Wilder.

Lebanon’s Madisen Bavos claimed a victory in Level 3; the 11-year-old won the balance beam and floor exercise en route to a winning all-round tally of 35.60 points. Hanover’s Sage Johnson, also 11, took a win in Level 4, scoring 35.50 points thanks to implement wins in the vault and floor exercise.

NLG grabbed two victories in Level 5. Hanover’s Janina Li scored 36.975 points to win the 13-and-over age group, while Post Mills’ Blythe Ray took three implements on her way to 36.675 overall points.

Etna’s Samantha Simmons won Level 7’s division for 11- and 12-year-olds with 36.425 points, with a vault victory serving as foundation.

Norwich’s Abby Feyrer claimed Level 8’s division for 15- and 16-year-olds with 34.675 points, and Norwich’s Shaylee McBride did the same in Level 9 with 34.90 points.

Hanover’s Ella Zinman also earned an all-around win for Northern Lights, taking the Xcel bronze division for 11- and 12-year-olds with 33.70 points, winning the bars along the way.

Road Trip

Claremont Visiting Bruins

Claremont — The Claremont Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a bus trip to catch the Boston Bruins in action next month.

The Bruins host the New York Rangers for a 5 p.m. contest on Dec. 16. Fans will get to and from the contest aboard one of the recreation department’s buses, which will head to the Sullivan Square T station for the rail trip to TD Garden. Fans will head back to Sullivan Square via the T after the game for the trip home. The recreation department will cover all public transportation expenses on the trip; participants will be responsible for their own food and drink costs at the game.

The cost, including game ticket and transportation, is $159. The bus will depart the Claremont Community Center at 3 p.m. The trip is limited to 14 participants. Register online at www.calremontparks.com or call 603-542-7019.

On the Ice

Learn to Curl in Hartford

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Curling Club will hold a Learn to Curl clinic on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. at Wendell A. Barwood Arena.

Curling is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., and this is a chance to see what it is all about.

The clinic costs $25 per person and is open to any individual age 12 and older.

The club provides all equipment needed to curl; you just have to wear warm clothing and shoes with non-skid soles.

Participants will start with an off-ice introduction to the concepts and rules of the game and then move onto the ice for hands-on instruction and lots of fun. The possibility of a short game after lessons remains, assuming time is available.

Space is limited at each session, so interested participants should register in advance at www.uppervalleycurling.org; click on Learn to Curl.

More information about the Upper Valley Curling Club can be found at www.uppervalleycurling.org or by emailing uppervalleycurling@gmail.com.

To the Hoop

Free Referee Clinic

Wilder — Certified Vermont high school basketball referee Dan Pause will lead a introductory basketball officials clinic on Sunday at the Dothan Brook School.

Pause’s clinic is geared toward young or first-time basketball referees, giving them the framework for getting started in the sport. The meeting will provide an overview on basketball officiating, including pregame and postgame responsibilities, basic signals and penalty enforcement.

Participants will also learn expectations for proper positioning and are encouraged to ask questions about getting started as a referee.

The clinic will run from 1-2 p.m. Although free of charge, participants are asked to register online for the session at www.hartfordrec.com.

In the Saddle

Dressage Team Tryout

Enfield — First Choice Riding Academy is taking the first steps toward building a potential Upper Valley dressage team by holding a test and tryout for young riders on Dec. 9, starting at 2 p.m.

The plan is to develop an Upper Valley-based team of four riders ages 21 or younger to compete at the Hits on the Hudson dressage event in Saugerties, N.Y., in 2018. The December event will start with an organizational meeting followed by a short written test on knowledge of horsemanship and the training scale.

After that, half of the group in attendance will go through core assessments in the gym with the other half gets on their horses for compulsory evaluations.

Any riders interested in what the program has to offer are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, contact Heidi Jo Hauri-Gill at heidi@firstchoiceridingacademy.com or 603-632-1011.